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River City Festival field loaded

Free State High baseball players were thrilled with their victory against top-ranked Olathe East on Monday, but their competition doesn’t get much easier this weekend. The Firebirds will open play against Omaha (Nebraska) Creighton Prep in the River City Baseball Festival at 7:15 p.m. today ...

Firebirds not happy with 7th; LHS 11th at FSHS Invitational

Most of Free State High’s boys golfers were happy with their scores Wednesday but knew they could have done better. With little to no wind, the conditions were perfect to shoot low scores at the Free State Invitational at Eagle Bend. But a few bad holes hurt the Firebirds, who took seventh ...

FSHS softball cruises, 11-0

Leavenworth ? Free State broke open a close game with a nine-run third inning, and the Firebirds defeated Leavenworth, 11-0, on Tuesday in high school softball.Cali Byrn and Kylie Cobb homered, Emily Byers doubled twice, and Elizabeth Patton pitched a two-hit shutout for Free State.“We hit ...

FSHS soccer falls to SMNW

Shawnee ? Free State’s girls soccer team lost, 5-0, to Shawnee Mission Northwest on Tuesday night. The Firebirds (3-4) will face Lawrence High in the City Showdown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Free State swimmers edge SM East

Free State High girls swimmers were in disbelief when their coaches told them they beat Shawnee Mission East in a dual on Tuesday. “Wait, we did what?” a few members of the team said with stunned looks on their faces. The Firebirds topped the Lancers in their annual dual, 95-91, for their ...

Free State baseball upends O-East

Olathe ? Despite trailing by three runs after the first inning, Free State’s baseball team rallied to beat top-ranked Olathe East, 9-6, on Monday at O-East.The Firebirds (8-2, ranked No. 5) had a five-run fifth inning when senior Joel Spain hit a RBI single, senior Jon Saathoff hit a ...

New FSHS coach ‘excited’ by opportunity

Free State High didn’t have to search far to find its next head boys basketball coach. The Firebirds announced they hired Sam Stroh on Saturday. Stroh coached for the past two seasons at Shawnee Heights, leading the Thunderbirds to a 36-9 record and a trip to the Class 5A state quarterfinals ...

Report: Heights coach FSHS pick

Free State High will name Shawnee Heights’ Sam Stroh as its next head boys basketball coach, according to published reports. Free State athletic director Mike Hill told the Journal-World that he will provide more information today. Stroh coached for two seasons at Shawnee Heights, leading the ...

Clark, Dabney doing their part

Free State High seniors Kiara Clark and Gabbi Dabney stepped into new roles this season, and they shined in their first big meet. In the past, there was less pressure running hurdles alongside seven-time state champion Alexa Harmon-Thomas, who would set the pace and have opponents gunning to ...

FSHS softball rips SM North

Overland Park ? Free State pounded out 15 hits and rolled past Shawnee Mission North, 14-1, on Thursday in high school softball.Dacia Starr homered and Emily Byers doubled for the Firebirds. Elizabeth Patton (4-2) earned the victory.Free State (4-2) will host St. Thomas Aquinas on Saturday.Free ...

FSHS baseball romps, 19-0

Overland Park ? Free State High’s baseball team scored in every inning en route to a 19-0 victory Thursday over Shawnee Mission North.The Firebirds collected 19 hits in the five-inning, rule-rule triumph.Joel Spain went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs, Hunter Gudde was 3-for-3 ...

Late goal dooms Free State soccer, 2-1

For 79 minutes and 59 seconds, Free State High’s girls soccer team led or was tied with Olathe Northwest, but the last second of Thursday’s match doomed the Firebirds.Olathe Northwest sophomore Savannah Moxley scored with one second left to give the Ravens a 2-1 win over the Firebirds as ...

Quick study: Firebird Robinson takes hurdle titles

Free State High junior Tayvien Robinson didn’t go out for the track team for the past two years. But this spring, he wanted to join some of his best friends on the Firebirds squad, and he’s doing more than just having fun on the sidelines. Robinson set a personal record when he won in the ...

Firebirds sign hoops letters

Free State High seniors Jack Raney and Justin Narcomey signed letters of intent to play college basketball Thursday in the Free State library.Raney signed with Ottawa University, while Narcomey inked with Haskell Indian Nations University.

FSHS tennis falls to Rural

Erik Czapinski, David Neff and Declan Forth claimed the lone singles victories in Free State High’s 6-3 tennis loss to Washburn Rural on Wednesday at Free State High.Czapinski defeated Rural’s Max Cassidy, 8-4; Neff upended Jordan Lind, 8-4; and Forth downed Brenden Garland, 8-6.But the ...

FSHS swimmers win invitational

Free State senior Courtney Caldwell broke her fourth school record as she clocked in at 55.60 seconds in 100 backstroke to help the Firebirds win their home invitational on Tuesday.Caldwell’s time edged Molly Albrecht’s old record of 55.85 seconds from 2008. The N.C. State signee also won ...

FSHS softball rolls

Free State High junior pitcher Elizabeth Patton just needed a little breathing room Tuesday evening against Shawnee Mission Northwest.Once her teammates, juniors Kate Stanwix and Cali Byrn, broke up a scoreless softball game with RBIs, Patton made the rest of a 5-2 home victory easier for all ...

Six-run second inning sparks FSHS baseball

Clicking on the mound and in the field Tuesday evening against Leavenworth, Free State High’s baseball team would only need one run. But the Firebirds went ahead and scored six — all in the second inning — just to be safe in a 6-0 home win.Senior Cooper Karlin said once FSHS took care of ...

Free State tennis blanks Lawrence High

Free State High sophomore Ian Pultz-Earle took his losses and lumps last year in No. 1 singles, facing opposing team’s best players. Now he’s delivering some revenge. In the City Showdown dual against Lawrence High, Pultz-Earle combined with freshman Erik Czapinski for a victory in No. 1 ...

Free State’s Houk paces city golfers at SME

Overland Park ? Free State High’s Coleman Houk shot an 80 to tie for 17th to pace all city golfers at the Shawnee Mission East Invitational on Monday at Milburn Country Club.FSHS placed sixth in the team race at 330. Blue Valley North won with 310.Lawrence High was 13th at 340.Dawson Dykes ...